The Development of a Real Time Airflow Monitoring and Control System


A research study is described that has developed a computerised monitoring and simulation system to provide immediate or real time information on each branch within an underground mine ventilation network through linking of sensors to the ventilation network simulation software. Software has been developed to link underground mine ventilation electronic sensor real time information into the network program to undertake network simulations and allow interpretation of key system data and operational changes. The outcome of the project is an online system which can report changes in the mine ventilation system, allow causes of changes to be isolated and rectified, improve balancing of available air throughout the mine, dispense with much of the labour used for underground ventilation measurement and checking, improve power usage and assist emergency incident management. The main work activities involved in the research program are described. These have involved software modification and considerable mine site installation, testing and optimising activities. The project has been supported by a number of operating companies and tested on their mine ventilation systems.

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11th U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium (2006: Jun. 5-7, University Park, PA)


Mining Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Airflow Monitoring; Mines; Real Time Information

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

07 Jun 2006

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